Welsh Lib Dems call for proactive industrial strategy at Spring party conference

TODAY (3rd of March 2024) at their Spring party conference in Cardiff, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for a proactive industrial strategy.

The Welsh economy has been hit by several mass job cuts in the past few months, such as the axing of 2,800 jobs by Tata Steel in Port Talbot and the loss of 100 jobs from Nidec Control Techniques in Newtown.

The Welsh Lib Dems are now calling on the UK Government to implement a proactive industrial strategy aimed at supporting current existing industries whilst also pushing for modernisation and a transition to greener initiatives.

The party are also calling on the Welsh Government to provide additional emergency funding and retraining programmes to mitigate the damages caused by the recent mass job cuts.

Commenting, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds MS said:

“On behalf of our party, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to those facing the daunting possibility of losing their jobs in both Port Talbot and in Newtown.

The impact of these job cuts will be felt across local communities, in homes and businesses that rely on the income of those working at these sites.

The recent job losses announced by both Tata Steel and Nidec Control Techniques are a direct consequence of political inaction and callous indifference from our governments.

By aimlessly throwing money at a problem without any sort of clear strategy, the Tories have shown just how little they truly care about the fate of the Welsh worker.

We can no longer afford to follow the same old approach, we need change and urgent action.

We need a long-term vision for industry both here in Wales and UK wide.

We need the UK Government to not just blindly inject money, but to invest funds whilst at the same time develop a proactive strategy.

We also need the Welsh Government to step up and support those struggling with recent job losses by providing additional funding and retraining programmes.

Our Welsh workers are not collateral damage, they are people with families who now more than ever need our support and backing.”


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